Facebook for Android updated, brings performance boost and new features

April 23, 2012
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    Facebook is by far the world’s biggest and most popular social networking service these days, yet its users are always complaining about the website’s performance, its updates, or its interface. The new timeline is pretty much hated by everyone out there and Zuckerberg’s “jewel” is not doing very well when it comes to mobile versions either. The Facebook for Android app has been around for almost three years now, but the poor performance and numerous bugs and glitches have made a lot of mobile users pass on it. But there is some good news on this front.

    The app’s latest update has been released a couple of days ago and brings several important improvements, making Facebook for Android finally “feel like an Android app”, as one user points out on Google Play. Facebook for Android version 1.9 comes with “improved performance and bug fixes” and, while the app is still far from perfect, it has clearly moved forward, especially when talking about speed and responsiveness.

    Aside from improved performance, the new app also comes with some new features. You can now use shortcuts to share photos and messages directly from your phone’s home screen. However, the added shortcuts can’t be removed once installed, which might be quite an annoyance for some users.

    Creating group messages is finally supported by Facebook for Android and you can now easily add friends to existing group conversations as well. GPU rendering is also turned on, enabling smoother scrolling on the timeline for devices supporting such a feature.

    If you simply can’t go on for more than half an hour without checking your Facebook account, sharing links and photos, poking your friends, and so on, you shouldn’t miss this latest update of the Android app, as it will significantly improve your experience with the social networking website.

    Hit this Google Play link to download Facebook for Android version 1.9 and don’t forget to let us know what you think about the app’s improvements and updates! Also, in your vision, how can the Facebook app be improved in the future?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/shaunrdavis Shaun Dutchy Davis

      Hey i got this update yesterday on my GS2, i also received a camera app as well, it makes posting the pictures you take a breeze, the the camera doesn’t come with allot of options though; for example there is no zooming… actually there isnt much functionality apart form snapping pics /vids and uploading to FB.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/D2UFOOFW43TFGUYSVWK6JN6API Thomas

      If by performance boost you mean slower, then yes. And if by new features you mean new, unexpected bugs that make it unusable, then YES!

    • Terry

      just installed on Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4…it wouldnt let me post on walls or update my status with old version 1.8 but now it crashes completely when i try it. Loading is slower too upon app startup. Was a piece of crap before, but at least it didnt crash like it does now. how do i go back to oldet version?

    • Susan

      The ability to upload mobile photos from my android to an existing album has disappeared. Any idea how to do this with the new update?

    • pat

      i’m honestly not having a problem lately, The app is running quite well on my phone, i have a samsung galaxy 5, and although i have connection issues occasionally it has been getting better in the last two or three updates

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